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14 Aug 2018 description

Following the declaration on 1 August 2018 of a new Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, WHO conducted a formal rapid risk assessment, which determined that the public health risk for this outbreak is high at the regional level. This assessment took into consideration that, with eight million inhabitants, North Kivu is one of the most densely populated provinces in the country. North Kivu borders four other provinces (Ituri, South Kivu, Maniema and Tshopo), as well as Uganda and Rwanda.

13 Aug 2018 description

During the month of July 2018, 9,154 persons from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi and other countries, arrived in Uganda—the majority from DRC. The humanitarian situation remains unpredictable in South Sudan, DRC and Burundi.

Refugees from South Sudan report fleeing primarily out of fear of being killed by fighters from either side of the conflict inside the country, while those from DRC report interethnic clashes and fears related to the upcoming elections.

10 Aug 2018 description

A consortium of three organizations, ICCO Cooperation, ZOA and War Child, has started an innovative approach for youth to improve their social and economic wellbeing through psychosocial and livelihoods support in Africa’s biggest refugee settlement, Bidi bidi.

The project “Agri-business Skilling for Youth in a Refugee context” (ABSYR) started at the beginning of the year 2018 and will last for 3 years. Agriculture is a backbone for livelihoods in Northern Uganda.

03 Aug 2018 description
report REACH Initiative

By the end of 2017, Uganda had made history. Uganda had grown to be among the largest refugee hosting countries in the world with reportedly over 1.4 million refugees seeking safety from within its borders. To date, the vast majority of the arrivals are refugees fleeing conflict in South Sudan, yet substantial numbers of people have arrived from countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi, Somalia, Eritrea, and Ethiopia.

01 Aug 2018 description

Harvests in bimodal areas support food access, despite ongoing lean season in Karamoja

Key Messages

01 Aug 2018 description
report Sudan Tribune

July 31, 2018 (KAMPALA) - South Sudan minister for environment and forestry, Josephine N’apwon has commended Uganda for the hospitality rendered to its refugees settled in the East African nation.

“Since the first war broke in Sudan, a number of people have crossed into Uganda as refugees,” said the minister.

She said hospitality provided by the Ugandan government has enabled South Sudanese children to attend school and the rest have settled and access healthcare from existing health facilities.

30 Jul 2018 description

In Numbers

15,027 mt of food assistance distributed 2 m cash based transfers made 1.1 refugees assisted US$ 89.3 m six months (July-December 2018) net funding requirements 1.3 million people assisted in June 2018

Operational Updates

26 Jul 2018 description
report REACH Initiative

General Objective

  1. Bolster evidence-based humanitarian programming and service delivery throughout Arua Municipality by providing data on urban refugee populations and humanitarian needs, as well as those of local host communities.

  2. Contribute to the global AGORA area-based toolbox by creating a comparative framework to assess whether information derived from the social network analysis and key informant methodology is sufficiently comparable to results from traditional, more time consuming, household surveys.

26 Jul 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Continued conflict within the region has seen Uganda receive 121,672 refugees between January and June 2018.

26 Jul 2018 description

Since gaining independence in 1962, Uganda has provided asylum to people fleeing war and persecution in neighboring countries, especially South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Rwanda and Burundi. Uganda's progressive refugee policy grant refugees freedom of movement, the right to seek employment and establish businesses, and to access public services such as education, health care and justice. In refugee-hosting districts, services are integrated with government service delivery systems, whenever feasible.

25 Jul 2018 description

Selina learnt about the need to stay clear of diseases the hard way - as a refugee from South Sudan, she has witnessed more people dying from cholera than bullets.

In early 2017, 28-year-old Selina Night and her nine children fled her hometown in South Sudan following a flare-up of violence. “The sound of gunshots would ring in the air every night. There was fear and uncertainty. We feared for our lives.”

23 Jul 2018 description

Uganda is currently hosting the highest number of refugees in the country’s history, and is receiving simultaneous emergency influxes from South Sudan, DRC and Burundi.

The number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda has exceeded one million, and the daily arrival rate remains high. Arrivals from DRC have risen since Late December 2017.

Chronic underfunding of the refugee response is threatening humanitarian organisations’ ability to continue delivering lifesaving and critical assistance*.